British Touring Car Championship newcomer Jack Clarke admits that he cannot wait to get started on his first weekend in the series, at Brands Hatch, this weekend.

The 26-year old will drive a Motorbase-run Ford Focus carrying the distinctive colours of brewer Crabbie's as he makes his 'tin-top' debut on the heels of a successful international single-seater career, and is delighted that his first taste of frenetic BTCC action will come at a venue close to his heart.

"I am really pleased to be starting my BTCC career at Brands Hatch," Clarke confirmed, "I have won lots of races there and, as a Surrey boy, it is my home circuit. I will be amongst some real motorsport legends with seven previous BTCC champions on the grid, but I plan to make a strong start to what I know will be a 'learning-curve' weekend."

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Swapping single-seaters for touring cars has taxed more experienced drivers in the past, and Clarke is under no illusion just how tough his weekend could be.

"I know it will be a big challenge for me as I adapt to touring cars having spent the previous few years in F2 and sportscars," he acknowledged, "I will also be one of 31 cars on the grid at Brands Hatch - which will be an incredible spectacle and a real test for all the drivers. It is very exciting and I can't wait for the weekend."

Whatever his performance, the rookie will not be missed, with his lime-green car set to stand out even amongst the colourful BTCC field.

"I am delighted to be introducing the Crabbie's brand to motorsport; the car looks fantastic and has already attracted a great deal of attention," Clarke concluded, "The BTCC is a massively popular championship and I am sure that it will be a great platform for the Crabbie's brand."